Dozens of people, including family members of students who were murdered by Jordanian terrorist Ahmed Daqamseh in Naharayim in 1997, demonstrated on Sunday evening in front of the Jordanian embassy in Ramat Gan, over recent calls in Amman to free the terrorist.
110 out of 150 Jordanian MPs have already signed a petition for the release of Daqamseh, who was a soldier in the Jordanian army when he opened fire on a group of students who were visiting the “peace island” of Naharayim on March 13, 1997, as part of a class trip.
Naharayim is located right near the Jordanian border, and Daqamseh opened fire on the girls from the Jordanian side. He killed seven of the students, and wounded six others before being caught by Jordanian soldiers. Daqamseh was sentenced by a Jordanian military court to life in prison.
After Sunday evening’s demonstration, the families of the victims met Jordan’s ambassador to Israel. They sat with him for an hour and gave him a petition with the signatures of over 5,000 Israelis who oppose the terrorist’s release. Shmuel Klein, a spokesman for the AMIT school whose students were killed in the 1997 attack, told Channel 2 News that the ambassador promised that Jordan's King Abullah II would continue the policies of his late father, King Hussein, on this issue and stated that there was no change in the Jordanian policy regarding Daqamseh’s release.
Following the murders, King Hussein visited Beit Shemesh and personally apologized to the families of the murdered girls.
According to Jordanian law, a person who was convicted by a court, as Daqamseh was, can only be released by the king.
In 2011, the Jordanian Justice Minister, Hussein Mjali, caused an uproar when he called for Daqamseh’s release, claiming that he is “a hero. He does not deserve prison. If a Jewish person killed Arabs, his country would have built a statue for him instead of imprisonment."
Daqamseh has denied committing any crime and has said that he should be freed from prison since he had simply fulfilled his national and religious duty by killing the students.
Photo: Shmuel Klein